Funny PeopleDirector: Judd Apatow, Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann
Judd Apatow casts his former real-life roommate Adam Sandler as George Simmons, a comic superstar who learns in the movie's opening scene that he suffers from a rare blood disorder that will likely kill him within a year. This news gives him the impulse to go back out and work on his standup, something he hasn't done in years thanks to the massive success of his movie career. At a club, he meets struggling standup Ira Wright (Seth Rogen), takes a shine to him, and hires the young man both to write jokes and to be his personal assistant. Ira, who's been sleeping on a friend's pull-out couch and working a day job at a deli, enjoys the glimpse into the superstar lifestyle, but soon the protégé discovers how selfish and egocentric his mentor really is. Jason Schwartzman and Jonah Hill, and a host of famous standup comics make cameo appearances as themselves.
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- Universal Studios
Cast & Crew
|Adam Sandler||George Simmons|
|Seth Rogen||Ira Wright|
|Jonah Hill||Leo Koenig|
|Jason Schwartzman||Mark Taylor Jackson|
|Aubrey Plaza||Daisy Danby|
|Torsten Voges||Dr. Lars|
|Allan Wasserman||Dr. Stevens|
|Michael Andrews||Score Composer|
|Andrew Jay Cohen||Co-producer|
|Jack Giarraputo||Executive Producer|
|Evan Goldberg||Executive Producer|
|Betsy Heimann||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jonathan Karp||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Seth Rogen||Executive Producer|
|Jefferson Sage||Production Designer|
|Jason Schwartzman||Score Composer|
|Nancy Steiner||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|James F. Truesdale||Art Director|
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Firs thing's first: Is the movie as funny as Knocked Up and 40 Year Old Virgin? No. Not even close. In fact, it ends up making the crude dialogue even more uncomfortable than in previous films because there's no laughter to release the tension. Adam Sandler, though great in serious roles, wasn't given the opportunity to really be at his best (dramatically speaking). And Seth Rogan, it seemed like, was just along for the ride of a guarantee success and there were very few ad-libbed scenes where the actors could really strut their comedic stuff. On a possitive note, the movie had a great message (though the characters make many mistakes in the process), and was very tender with the deep issues it deals with just as Apatow has proven himeslf faithful to do. My guess is that if you're not expecting 40 Year Old Virgin or Knocked Up, you'll likely enjoy this movie. Go into it expecting a drama, not a comedy.
Judd Apatow has made a name for himself in producing and directing amazingly hilarious, raunchy R rated comedies. While he's had a long career which includes the well reviewed and prematurely cancelled TV shows Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, his name really came into prominence when he produced the movie that launched the leading man career of Will Ferrell in the 70's newscaster spoof Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. In 2005 he directed his first feature film launching the movie career of Steve Carrell with the movie 40 Year Old Virgin, a movie I count as my favorite comedy, and list in my top 10 favorite movies of all town. After that he launched Seth Rogen's career in the superb Knocked Up, Jonah Hill's career with Superbad, and Jason Segel's career with Forgetting Sarah Marshall my second favorite movie in the bunch. With Funny People, Apatow adds Adam Sandler, Jason Schwartzman, Eric Bana, and even Eminem to the mix. The question is, how did it stand up? It should really be said that Funny People is not as completely a comedy in the way that 40 Year Old Virgin or Knocked Up are comedies. Funny People is a much more naked, emotional affair than either of the previous movies. That's not to say that the film is not funny, it has more than it's fair share of comedy, bringing in many superstar comedians including Dave Attell, Ray Romano, Sarah Silverman, Norm MacDonald, Andy Dick, etc. There's also some great stand up to be seen from the likes of Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Aubrey Plaza (who steals nearly every scene she's in as Daisy), and of course Adam Sandler. Seeing the inner workings of comics and funny people trying to break their way into the business, and their interactions with each other gives our characters and the writer a lot of comedic material to mine, and they mine it well. Comedy is not at the forefront of the this movie though. In reality, the movie is about finding life in the midst of death, and to that end the writing and the acting is superb. As a dying comedian trying to find his humanity, Adam Sandler finds a funny and serious streak unlike just about anything we've seen him in. While we've seen him do serious before in Punch Drunk Love, Reign Over Me, and Spanglish this is arguably the best performance he's given so far, mixing in the old Adam Sandler we've seen in Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison with a much older and mature Sandler. Seth Rogen, also does a much different role than that of the pot smoking slacker schlub than what we're used to from him. Playing a confidant, assistant, and writer for Simmons, Rogen plays Simmons last link to humanity and his conscience. Seeing both of these characters somewhat out of their element and playing the characters amazingly well is a very nice change of pace. For all it's strengths, there is one major weakness: running time. At 146 minutes, Funny People can drag a little bit in the more serious dramatic areas, especially when you really want more of the strong comedic material you've seen throughout the movie. In all honesty though, I couldn't tell you what should have been cut to make it shorter. The arc of George Simmons really needed the running time to help flesh out the characters. All in all, I would say that Funny People is a great movie definitely worth seeing, if not in the theater, definitely on DVD where you can get up and move around when you feel like it.
this movie seriously does stink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!